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The Wayuu people live in a village located on the peninsula of La Guajira, Colombia, bordering with Venezuela.This community of matriarchal structure has been adapted to inclement weather in a desert.
The women engage in weaving hammocks, mochilas or different types of purses for women and men. They also make colorful blankets that highlight the Wayuu beauty, creativity and tradition. As of late, the men have joined the women making the bags, they mostly make mochila-straps and use this pattern and technique to weave straps to make shoes, belts, and other crafts.
There is a tale about a spider named Wale ‘Keru, the aracnoide would weave hammocks and mochilas at dawn. They always resembled the colors of the spring. The Wayuu one day asked Wale ‘Keru as she knitted, if the talented spider could impart its knowledge to the Wayuu women. She taught one woman how to weave and from this point on every generation has passed the knowledge to the generation of women in the community.
Mochilas are the ultimate expression of the Wayuú crocheting art. They are easily recognizable by their colors and designs. These particular mochilas are made in crochet, as a result of the teachings of the Spanish catholic nuns that lived in the Americas during colonial times. The development of each piece can take up to 21 days depending of the kind and size; some can take months or years to make!
All mochilas are different because through geometric figures, the Wayuu express their perception of the world and their intimate relationship with nature. Each mochilla has a different story to tell.
For the Wayuu people weaving is a way to show the world their intelligence, creativity, and wisdom. Wayuu Mochilas are characterized by their varied colors and the complexity of the techniques used to make them.
Each mochila is different because of its colors, patterns, and thread tension. However, there are certain patterns that have recognized names within the community. Wayuu patterns derive from traditional designs called kaanás (weaving drawing). Kaanás are generally geometric compositions that repeat throughout the making interconnected patterns, each of which receives a name that expresses its meaning. Check out our Patterns Chart Here
The Wayuu people occupy a large territory throughout the northern Colombian peninsula; connecting merchant cities like Micao and Riohacha that provide a central market for the Wayuu to reach customers. Our team handpicks the mochilas directly from the indigenous people and the local merchants with direct connections with the Wayuu.
The mochilas are handcrafted in the villages of the Wayuu. They live in villages called Rancherías in the desert and surrounding beaches across the peninsula.
You can expect a high quality product, handmade from durable acrylic synthetic fiber.
Since the Wayuu weave the bags in the desert and beaches of the northern Colombian peninsula, some of them might have sand residue and very small imperfections and or small stains. Our team tries their very best to handpick the highest quality mochilas.
Their original language is belonging to the Arawak family and called Wayuunaiki.